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EU and partners work together for a torture-free world for all

26/06/2019 - 16:04
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"Torture is a crime that can target anyone through different forms and in different settings, and all victims of torture, including those who are unacknowledged, neglected or overlooked, are at the forefront of our policy," High Representative Federica Mogherini claimed on behalf of the EU, on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, reiterating its strongest opposition to any kind of acts of torture worldwide.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, victims of torture, chained feet

To step up its work towards a torture-free world, the EU is using all its political and financial tools, ranging from the protection of victims, including those most vulnerable, to awareness raising, speaking out against abuses, to urging States to comply with their obligations under international law, to investigate allegations of torture and to bring perpetrators to justice. Ensuring redress for victims is also crucial. 

Through its external action, the EU and its Member States also engage with third countries in regular political and human rights dialogues and financially support civil society organisations in fighting torture. In the last four years, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights supported anti-torture projects worldwide worth €23 million, and an additional amount of €8 million is foreseen for 2019.

"Torture is a vicious attempt at breaking a person’s will. On this International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, I urge all States to end impunity for perpetrators and eradicate these reprehensible acts that defy our common humanity" said the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Against the backdrop of current challenges and setbacks, progress towards eradication of torture has been achieved.

The Global Alliance for Torture-Free Trade, promoted by the EU, Argentina, Mongolia and Cape Vert, is a cross-regional effort gathering more than 60 countries committed to ending trade in goods used for torture and capital punishment globally. The EU calls on States to support ongoing work at UN level, towards establishing common international standards in this field.

"More can be done if we all work together at international, national and regional level, hand in hand with the civil society and especially the human rights defenders who courageously raise their voice against torture around the world,"said Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU.

The EU and its Member States will continue to cooperate closely with all their partners to build a torture-free world for all.